Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. MSF actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of neutrality and impartiality. Thousands of health professionals, logistical and administrative staff – most of who are hired locally – works on programmers in some 70 countries worldwide to support it activities.

Medecins Sans Frontieres – Holland, Kenya office is sourcing for a suitable candidate for the following position:


Main Purpose

Reporting to Logistics Coordinator, the incumbent will be responsible for defining, coordinating and monitoring all pharmacy related activities in the Mission, according to MSF standards and values, the Medical Coordinator instructions and with consideration of national and international laws and regulations, in order to ensure the quality and proper organization of medical supply process, procedures and protocols, the proper management of the medical stock in the projects and, in collaboration with the medical coordinator, the correct use of medicines and medical material

Specific accountabilities include but are not limited to:

Import / Regulatory

  • Facilitate the importation of medicines and medical products from the European Supply Centers (ESCs) on behalf of MSF Holland Missions in the region, according to Kenya’s legislation and the validated Country Constraints (CC) file;
  • Responsible for relations and follow up with Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) and any other Kenyan authority regarding any challenges relating to importation medicines and medical products, in collaboration with the Intersectional Regional Pharmacist,;
  • Liaise with the Intersectional Regional Pharmacist, MSF ESC Regulatory Affairs Pharmacists, KO Transport Manager and/or other relevant actors for professional information sharing and/or to discuss regulatory challenges;
  • Responsible to maintain and implement an internal Standard Operating Procedure for KO’s importation activities, aligned with the current validated CC file.
  • Regularly update information on pharmaceutical legislation, in particular on importation and legal requirements that can impact MSF operations. Inform the Intersectional Pharmacist, the Section Pharmacist and other coordinators (HoM/LogCo/) accordingly.
  • Actively participate in meetings with the other coordinators where pharmaceutical information is exchanged, and problems are shared in order to find common solutions; participate in other cross-departmental meetings whenever necessary to share updates on ongoing pharmaceutical issues.

Good Storage & Distribution Practices (GSDP)

  • Responsible for annual renewal of license and ensures KO adheres to the regulations related to it;
  • Responsible for KO’s warehouses (WHs) compliance with PPB’s Good Distribution Practices (GDP) guidelines, as well as MSF standards for storage and distributions of medicines;
  • Responsible for the development and continuous update of KO’s Quality Management System (QMS), through Documents, SOPs, Work Instructions (WIs), etc.
  • Responsible for the capacity building of KO’s team members on managing medicines and medical goods, through routine trainings on the QMS procedures and MSF’s policies, protocols, guidelines and tools;
  • Perform regular GSDP self-inspection on KO’s WHs and reports the findings to the respective Managers and the LogCo;
  • Create a Corrective Action Preventive Action (CAPA) plan to address and follow-up on any deviation of processes (either identified during the self-inspection or during a routine activity);
  • Responsible for outsourced services that contribute to KO’s GDP compliance, guaranteeing that those activities are clearly defined, agreed and controlled (i.e. maintenance of cold room; fumigation; cleaning services; waste management etc;
  • Responsible for handling, sharing and recording claims, complains, alerts and recalls, following the specific procedures linked to each type of issue, and also the origin of the products, as per MSF’s guidelines;

MSF’s Procurement Policy

  • Responsible for KO’s adherence of the MSF’s Policy for the Procurement of Medical Products, in regard to both international and local purchase;
  • Provide additional technical information and feedback on local medical purchase requests shared by Procurement Department, in collaboration with the Intersectional Regional Pharmacist;
  • Consults Mission Pharmacists and Mission Medical Coordinators if additional clarification is needed to ensure what is available with the supplier is meeting their needs;
  • Responsible for physical checks of medicines and medical products locally procured during cargo reception;
  • Responsible for liaising with the Intersectional Regional Pharmacist for non-standard local (NSL) codes needed for medical articles, as well as pending subscriptions in UniData (UD).



Essential: Pharmacy Degree (or equivalent 4-5 years diploma according to the country of origin of the pharmacist)


2 years’ demonstrated experience in (warehouse) pharmacy management

Registered with Pharmacy & Poison Board (PPB) Kenya with valid PPB license


  • Experience in importation of medical goods
  • Experience with quality assurance e.g. as a responsible pharmacist for a warehouse (GSDP)

Essential: Experience in working with MSF


Fluent in English and Kiswahili essential, Desirable: French


Essential: Computer literacy (word, excel, internet)

Desirable: KENTRADE knowledge


Results and Quality Orientation, Teamwork and Cooperation, Stress Management, Behavioral Flexibility, MSF Principles, Service Orientation

How to apply


If you recognize yourself in this profile, we welcome you to apply directly via our website

The deadline for applications is 18th April 2023

Important Information

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Differently abled persons are encouraged to apply

MSF is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not charge any application/recruitment or training fee.

MSF OCA has a code of conduct that the incumbent will be required to comply

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